Ridgewood pol, tenants fight tenant harassment


Photo courtesy Councilman Antonio Reynoso on Twitter
Photo courtesy Councilman Antonio Reynoso on Twitter

The Ridgewood Tenants Union organized a rally outside a building owned by Silvershore Properties on Tuesday. The group, joined by Councilman Antonio Reynoso charged that the property management group is trying to displace long-term, stabilized tenants.

According to the Ridgewood Tenants Union’s Facebook page, Silvershore Properties purchased the building at 1708 Summerfield Street last year (which is confirmed by NYC property tax records). Since then, according to the Ridgewood Tenants Union, they have engaged in tactics to displace long-term tenants from their rent-stabilized apartments.

Dozens of supporters organized on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m in front of the property to protest.

Lifelong Ridgewood resident and WWII vet passes

Wilbur Hoffman, a World War II veteran and lifelong Ridgewood resident passed away this week.

According to Glendale’s Kathy Masi on Facebook, Hoffman had a great relationship with the NYPD 104th Precinct and the officers are asking that as many people as possible come out to pay their respects on Friday, Feb. 19, 10:30 a.m. at George Werst funeral home, 71-41 Cooper Ave., Glendale.

Photo of Wilbur Hoffman, courtesy NYPD 104th Precinct.
Photo of Wilbur Hoffman, courtesy NYPD 104th Precinct.

NYPD 104th Precinct Community Council meeting tonight

CbSFPvMXEAAOu_-The NYPD 104th Precinct Community Council is holding their monthly meeting at Ridgewood’s St. Matthias School tonight. The meeting is a great opportunity for members of the community to voice their concerns over public safety issues and meet the commanding officers of their local police department.

Aaron Soriano from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs will be the special guest at the meeting.

The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at 58-25 Catalpa Avenue, Ridgewood, N.Y.

Police bust man they say might be responsible for car break-ins


Police have arrested one of the individuals wanted in conjunction with car break-ins in Ridgewood and Maspeth.

According to NYPD 104th Executive Officer Captain Gregory Mackie, police received a call of a drunk and disorderly person near the intersection of Palmetto Street and Cypress Avenue on Monday night. When they arrived, they recognized the suspect as a man they had just printed a wanted flier out for, and hung in the station. They immediately attempted to place him under arrest.

“He fought us for a while, resisted, but we did get him into custody,” Mackie said.

Police are advising residents to lock their vehicle doors and not to leave items of value inside their vehicles. Many of the incidents are crimes of opportunity – if a criminal sees something of value in the car. There have been an increasing number of incidents in upper Maspeth and the portion of Ridgewood that borders Bushwick.

Homebound seniors receive special meals from chefs

Chef Franco Barrio with 86-year-old Santiago / Photo Courtesy Eric Groom
Chef Franco Barrio with 86-year-old Santiago / Photo Courtesy Eric Groom

Seniors in Ridgewood were treated to a specially prepared meal on behalf of Citymeals on Wheels, a nonprofit organization that delivers meals to more than 18,000 homebound seniors on weekends, holidays and during emergencies.

On Wednesday, Franco Barrio, a chef at Bespoke Kitchen, prepared 100 meals of braised short ribs, purple potatoes, heirloom carrots, caramelized cipollini onions and orzo salad for the elderly in Ridgewood, Astoria and other neighborhoods in Manhattan.

Last week, chef Shaun Hergatt from the restaurant Juni also prepared 100 meals of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, braised carrots and gravy for seniors in the city.

“With Valentine’s Day on Sunday, many of our meal recipients who have outlived family and friends are feeling even more isolated and alone,” noted Citymeals Executive Director Beth Shapiro. “This month Citymeals was able to spread some extra love with the help of Chefs Barrio and Hergatt who graciously prepared these special meals that were delivered straight to the doors of our vulnerable neighbors who need it the most.”

Numerous thefts from cars happening in the 104th


The 104th Precinct Community Council reported that there have been an increased number of thefts from vehicles in the area of the 104th precinct. Most of the incidents have occurred in Ridgewood but there have also been a few in Maspeth.

So far this year, according to the council, there have been at least 25 thefts. In some instances, the vehicles have had their windows broken.

Proceeds from the crimes include: iPods, iPads, cellphones, gps devices and clothing.

Police are reminding residents to lock their vehicle doors and not to leave items of value inside their vehicles. Many of the incidents are crimes of opportunity – if a criminal sees something of value in the car.

Police are increasing marked and unmarked patrols in the area where the thefts have occurred.

Anyone with information regarding the thefts from autos should contact the 104th Precinct at 718-386-3004.

Myrtle Avenue sidewalk sale this weekend

FullSizeRender-2To celebrate both President’s Day and Valentine’s Day, businesses on Myrtle Avenue are partnering to host a sidewalk sale. Merchants in the Myrtle Avenue business district and adjacent side streets from Fresh Pond Road to Wyckoff Avenue may  display merchandise in front of their businesses up to 3 feet from the building line (not at the curb) for this sale event.

Brave the cold this weekend and shop local at the over 300 stores located within the business district.

Today: Introduction To The Internet at Ridgewood Library


The Queens Library is presenting Introduction To The Internet for patrons of the Ridgewood Library today, from 3-5 p.m.

The program description reads:

After this workshop, you will have the skills to start navigating the Internet. Topics include computer terminology, using a browser, search techniques, the basic structure of a website, and Internet safety. While this is an introductory class, basic mouse and keyboarding skills are recommended. Class Code: CC110

The Ridgewood Branch Library is located at 20-12 Madison St. Ridgewood, NY 11385

DSNY Commissioner views Ridgewood snow removal

Crowley and Garcia meet with students.

On the heels of the historic blizzard whose remnants are still being felt on sidewalks and gutters everywhere, Ridgewood received a special visit from DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia thanks to from Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.

The two discussed the accuracy of the plow tracker technology and discussed how to better combat a blizzard in the future. One of the areas they visited together was PS 68, which is situated near Evergreen Park on St. Feliz Avenue.

“After the snow, New York City schools remained open despite significant travel difficulties. This was just one of the problems we faced during Jonas’ aftermath,” Crowley said. “With such a significant amount of snow left unplowed, especially around schools, it becomes an issue of public safety. I thank Commissioner Garcia for recognizing this and committing to better strategizing for the next storm, and am grateful to the Sanitation members who worked around the clock to meet our residents’ needs.”

Garcia said that the department of sanitation will do a full review of their overall storm response operation.